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Marianne Vos, who in January became world champion in cyclo-cross for the eighth time in Fayetteville, USA was honoured by her home town of Altena for her incredible achievement. It has now become a tradition within the municipality that a commemorative bench or table is placed in one of the village centres for every one of her cyclo-cross world titles.

Team Coop-Hitec Products have signed talented 23-year-old Lena Soland from Norway, who will make her international debut for the team in Belgium in early June.

Australian rider Madeline Marshall, who won the 2013 bronze medal in the Junior Women’s Oceania Road Race Championship, and later that year competed for Australia in the junior women’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Florence, Italy, has passed away at the age of 26 due to blood cancer. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

RCS is planning to launch a 2023 women’s Milan – San Remo. It would be run on the same day as the men’s race, but over a shorter distance. The CEO of RCS Sports is also aiming to work with the Giro d’Italia Donne to build a closer relationship with the men’s Grand Tour.SD Worx and Team SD Worx have extended their contract by two years, meaning SD Worx will be the main sponsor until 2026.

Multi-discipline talent Shirin van Anrooij signed a three-year contract extension and will continue to race on the road for Trek-Segafredo and cyclocross with Baloise-Trek Lions through 2025.This year’s Tour de Feminin in North Bohemia will not be able to take place. The organisers cited economic difficulties, including a sharp increase in costs, as a reason for the cancellation of the race. The event saw 140 competitors from 16 countries participate last year and the organisers are hopeful that the race will return in 2023.

Le Col-Wahoo have signed Dutch cross-sport talent Eva van Agt for the rest of 2022.

Results

Bretagne Ladies Tour: 

Stage 1: Marta Bastianelli (UEA Team ADQ) ahead of Vittoria Guazzi (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance – NXTG)

Stage 2: Marta Bastianelli (UEA Team ADQ) ahead of Nicole Steigenga (Team Coop-Hitec Products) and Simone Boilard (St Michel Auber93)

Stage 3: Alena Ivanchenko (UAE Team ADQ) ahead of Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance – NXTG)

Stage 4: Martina Alzini (Cofidis Women Team) ahead of Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance-NXTG Team)

Stage 5: Marta Lach (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cyclilng) ahead of Nicole Steigenga (Team Coop-Hitec Products) and Greta Marturano (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo)

GC: Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Futuroscope) ahead of Cedrine Kerbaol (Cofidis Women Team) and Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance-NXTG Team)

Vuelta a Andalucia Women: 

Stage 1: Arlenis Sierra (Movistar Team) ahead of Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ) and Ricarda Bauernfeind (Canyon//SRAM Generation)

Stage 2: Arlenis Sierra (Movistar Team) ahead of Ricarda Bauernfeind (Canyon//SRAM Generation) and Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ)

Stage 3: Jelena Eric (Movistar Team) ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Movistar Team) and Ricarda Bauernfeind (Canyon//SRAM Generation)

GC: Arlenis Sierra ahead of Mavi Garcia and Ricarda Bauernfeind

Zwift Blog

Get to know the person behind the racing glasses and helmet, in Team SD Worx rider Niamh Fisher-Black’s latest blog. Read here as she writes about her on-bike as well as off-bike personality.

Here comes the Future Podcast p/b Liv

In the new episode of our podcast “Here comes the Future” p/b Liv, Hannah Walker talks with 20 year old Abi Smith of EF TIBCO-SVB about her journey from triathlon to cycling, who she looks up to, and her ambitions about Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Hannah is also joined by three-time World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini (DS at Liv Racing Xstra) to talk us through Stage 2 of Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Giorgia gives us her thoughts of what to expect during the stage on the 25th July, giving listeners a unique and in-depth analysis of the race.

If you missed our previous “Here comes the Future” podcast episodes, you can listen here.

Vox Performance Project Blog

With an ironman competition soon approaching Amy Cuthbertson reflects on her progress thanks to the Vox Performance Project. Combing training for the event and holding a full-time job at the same time isn’t easy but she is feeling more in control and full of confidence. Read about her progress here.

This week in cycling history

Megan Guarnier

Born on 4 May 1985, the U.S. rider rode professionally between 2010 and 2019 for Rabobank-Liv Giant, Boels-Dolmans and TIBCO-Silicon Valley. A multiple National Champion, winner of the Giro Rosa, the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour and the inaugural Strade Bianche, as well as an Olympian, Guarnier has achieved a lot in her 11-year career as a rider. Her road to cycling, however, began in the pool, where she was a national-level swimmer and named USA Swimming’s Scholastic 2001 All-American, but a persistent shoulder injury forced her out of the pool and onto the bike. She holds a B.A. in neuroscience and after her retirement, decided to go back to further her education.

Bella van der Spiegel-Hage

The former pro-rider turned 74 years on 5 May. Van der Spiegel-Hage comes from a family of cyclists. Seven of its members, including sisters Keetie, Heleen and Ciska, were active in the sport. She rode professionally between 1967 and 1979 and held multiple national road championship titles. Together with her sisters, she would accompany her father at an early age on long rides to his cycling club, sometimes riding up to 90km per day. Never quite achieving the success of her younger sisters, she put it down to her lack of competitiveness. She perceived cycling as a rather more free-time fun activity. Nevertheless, the success of today’s Dutch women’s cycling has its roots way back in 1966 when she won the second ever Dutch nationals, starting a movement that keeps still growing today.

Beryl Burton

Burton was one of Britain’s greatest female athletes, who dominated women’s racing in the U.K. between the 1950s and the 1980s. She won more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles and set numerous national records. She passed away on 5 May in 1996 while riding her bike, having suffered a fatal heart attack.

Zwift Rides of the week

 

#NEWRULES | 100 km Mission | Tour de France avec Zwift

To celebrate 100 days until the big race, we’re challenging you to ride 100 km by May 15 at 11:59pm PT. Complete the challenge, and you’ll be entered to win a trip to ride and watch the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift live and in person with Thomson Bike Tours! Ride with the Femmes and double your chances to win by participating in the fun and inspiring “Watch the Femmes” Podcast Rides and Get to Know a Pro Rides! Find more info on the event and mission here!

Thomson Bike Tours Endurance Ride

Thomson Bike Tours is the Premier Official Tour Operator to the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Thomson Bike Tours hosts weekly hour long endurance rides designed to ensure you have fun while getting in a good workout. Complete this ride and unlock the Thomson Bike Tours kit! More info here!

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